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Summer Reading Program

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Each summer, public libraries in Alaska host summer reading programs designed to promote, encourage and support reading. These programs help to mitigate the phenomenon known as the "summer slide" or summer learning loss.

The Alaska State Library sponsors a statewide summer reading program by providing a basic starter kit of materials and a summer reading program manual to each library participating in the statewide program. At the conclusion of the summer reading program, participating libraries complete and submit a summer reading program report and evaluation. The information from evaluations help the Alaska State Library plan meet federal grant requirements.

The 2020 Alaska Statewide Summer Reading Challenge “Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover!" is online.

Join Alaska's Summer Reading Challenge Online >>

Handouts for 2020 SRP promoting & programming

Summer Reading Program Report & Evaluation

At the conclusion of the summer reading program, librarians complete and submit their summer reading program report and evaluation. The information from these reports help us plan and support future summer reading programs and meet our federal grant requirements.

Surveys are due .

Submit Final Report Online »

Get Ready for Summer Reading

iREAD Webinar

iREAD 2020 Summer Reading PSA

Programming & Advocacy Resources

Alaska Summer Reading Program Infographics

Slogan & Themes

  • : Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover
  • : Reading Colors Your World

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

Libraries throughout Alaska have begun partnering with the Summer Food Service Program as a way to improve services for underserved children and low-income families. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally-funded program that provides free, nutritious meals to children age 18 or younger living in low-income areas, or pockets of poverty during the summer months when school is not in session. Below are some helpful resources to get you started:

Additional Resources

Program Support

Institute of Museum and Library Services. This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Alaska State Library under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.